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Bath Time for Laini by Heatherzart Bath Time for Laini by Heatherzart
Scratchboard and Ink

18" x 24"

Made some changes! Thank you to everyone who suggested something, all suggestions were very helpful. I changed the direction of the light source slightly and put in some ground. I think it focuses your eye in the right area and she isn't floating anymore.

Oh yeah, this little lady's name is Laini, I talked to her keeper last night.
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My first critique!

I really love the composition/pose of the subject. It's a unique pose that you don't see too often in art and that is part of what makes this piece so interesting. The lighting is the other part that makes this interesting. I love how he seems to come out of the black shadows and the source of lighting.

With that said, I was wondering if part of the reason why you feel it is not finished is because of the lighting. I was thinking that maybe you could possibly show the light source more by having more highlights and such. Or go for the reverse and have some of the darks darker. Other than that, it looks finished to me, but I don't have the origional and that's how I always tell!
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joniwagnerart Featured By Owner Apr 13, 2013   Traditional Artist
Just discovered your gallery!! I am blown away. My own gallery shows a definite favoring of black and white, but I gotta tell you, your colored pieces are gorgeous with fantastic light sources.
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LMonster2 Featured By Owner Apr 9, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Another amazing picture. I love every detail that you used. The muscles and flesh, the whiskers, the fur, everything is so precise.
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:icontawnehstar:
TawnehStar Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Lovely ;)
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:iconacynnonyx:
Acynnonyx Featured By Owner Oct 11, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ohh my God!! is amazing
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:iconcindysart:
CindysArt Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
OMG!!! Your work is so beautiful!!! You have a very big talent girl!!! I love all of your images. You´re a great artist! :clap:
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ShellyBad Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Great work!! :iconloveitsignplz:


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Beauty is in the eye of the beholder :eye:
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:iconmikeyweber:
mikeyweber Featured By Owner Apr 16, 2011
Heatherzart you are truly an amazing artist! This piece of art took my breath away! How can you be that precise with ink??
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:icononlygoodart:
onlygoodart Featured By Owner Apr 2, 2011
extraordinary use of light
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:iconmoon-wish:
MOON-WISH Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2011
YOU SHOULD PUT THE NAME OF ANIMALS SPECIES ALL THE TIME IN YOUR WORK. PLEASEEEEEE.......
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:iconthe-ultra-watcher:
The-ultra-watcher Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2011
I love this I can't imagine being able to do anything even close to this.

And on a side note"I really can't believe its not butter!":iconcheeseplz:.
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:iconhoneycorn:
Honeycorn Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2011
I love the fur, so realistic!
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:icontwins72:
Twins72 Featured By Owner Dec 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
beautiful :heart:
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:iconeclectic-persona:
eclectic-persona Featured By Owner Nov 20, 2010
I'm new to scratchboard and I so rarely see really beautiful coloring on the medium. i'm wondering if you can enlighten me on how you go about getting such beautiful color. Whst inks do you use? What's the technique? This is truely beautiful :)
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:iconlolyshadow:
lolyshadow Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2010
very beautiful piece :clap: it's beyond imagination u r really talented :faint: :wow: keep it up
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:iconmarwash:
MarWash Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
the lighting/shadows are very well done. The attention to detail is also great, i like that you took the time to do individual hairs.
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roarodon07 Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2010
Awesometastic~! I probably asked this question before, but how do you draw like this?
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:iconcheetahqueen:
CheetahQueen Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
A-M-A-Z-I-N-G
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DracoFlameus Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow, this is gorgeous! How anyone can be so talented with a scratchboard, I'll never know. :nod:
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:iconfiety1:
fiety1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
so that is a brown scratchboard?
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
No it's regular scratchboard. I scratch the image then paint over it with ink washes (very very diluted inks that I have to layer up to get the colors) then scratch some more and layer some more until I have the right values. Ampersand makes a scratchboard on a wood backing so it can take getting wet without ruining the surface.
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:iconfiety1:
fiety1 Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010
cool
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:iconmetlina-chan:
Metlina-chan Featured By Owner Sep 22, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
WOW! It looks perfect
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconart-fromthe-heart:
ART-fromthe-HEART Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
:faint: Absolutely gorgeous...that is all. :love:
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
awwwww - thanks!
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:iconxerces:
Xerces Featured By Owner Sep 20, 2010  Professional Artisan Crafter
Beautiful work and such an incredible level of detail! well done :)
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 24, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks so much!
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AliciaMarieCreations Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010   General Artist
I think putting her on something definatly helped! I never thought of that before but it does give her a grouned feeling.
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:iconnonier:
NonieR Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Yes! A perfect fix. The rock's colors make her own colors stand out, and she really grabs our attention. Nicely done!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Cool, thanks!
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SnapshotsAtMidnight Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
This just made something that was awesome so much more awesome.
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks! It wasn't as hard as I thought it would be - I just had to do it.
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MiG-05 Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010
Yes, that works; beautiful as so many other of your pieces are =)
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 18, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
cool
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:icontoshema:
toshema Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Wow, I can tell allot of great care went into this !! great work, :iconplusfav: ZZZ !!!!!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:icontoshema:
toshema Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
Your welcome !!!!
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MariamMohammed Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist

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Wow amazing :love:

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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconmollinda:
Mollinda Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010   Traditional Artist
I personally think some subtle variation in the black - maybe faint outlines of branches or rocks... there is so much detail in the fur maybe the black is too stark.
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
I made some changes - refocused the light a bit. It's part of a series that all have the black background but this one happens to be sitting l so it's not quite a fit, the rest all suggest movement.
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:iconmollinda:
Mollinda Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010   Traditional Artist
The ground made a HUGE difference!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconmr-ripley:
Mr-Ripley Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
The light and shade in this piece is beautiful :clap:
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thank you!
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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010   Traditional Artist
Simply amazing Heather! The fur detail is perfect!
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:iconheatherzart:
Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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:iconartbycher:
ArtByCher Featured By Owner Sep 17, 2010   Traditional Artist
:)
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:iconnonier:
NonieR Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010
Hmm. I think the thing that would normally focus such a pic would be just a glint of color at the eye, since we always react to eyes. Unfortunately, cats DON'T normally look up while grooming, so that probably isn't the answer.
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Heatherzart Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah, I'm really trying to fight that need to show the eyes every time because I think there is something so beautiful about a cat when it is in repose. I just need to ground her somehow in the picture.
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